Monthly Archives: June 2009

Ebay Picks – 30th June 2009

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1970’S Arm Chair in the style of HANS WEGNER’S PAPA BEAR

Item number: 130315804539

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60s HORISONT wall lamp DANISH MODERN

Item number: 320391525791

Blu Dot Collection for Urban Outfitters USA

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Three tiers! Triple-topped, mid-century-inspired modern table by Blu Dot – 3-guy design company inspired by mid-century design and fueled by a love for architecture – in an exclusive collaboration with UO. Moveable white coated metal legs and rich, wood-like round surfaces. Great for use as an end table or coffee table, and perfect for preventing laptop-destroying spills (just put your drink on a lower level!). Sure to add a modern vintage feel to any room.

Unfortunately only available in the US at present.

See Urban Outfitters for further details.

Who are you calling a Skinflint?

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SkinFlint are dealers in reclaimed lighting and salvaged lights from the 20th Century with an emphasis on industrial fixtures. They specialise in lighting products of a simple and clean lined nature predominantly from 1900-1960. So much design and production from the middle of the 20th century appears as fresh and modern today as it did when first conceived, making it ideal for both contemporary and period interiors.

Visit Skinflint for further details.

Four-to-One Table by Leon Fitzpatrick

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The low slung Four-to-One table is a new product recently released by Leon Fitzpatrick. The dining table and matching chairs draw inspiration from both Asian design (its low seating position) and mid-century Scandinavian design (use of bent plywood). The table is easily disassembled and reassembled, making it an ideal candidate for transitional duty between interior and exterior spaces. A sense of intimacy is forged among the table’s patrons with a flush center insert that is softly lit.

Via Swipelife

Ebay Picks – 29th June 2009

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Robin Day Swivel Chair for Hille

Item number: 140329837142

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Pair of Harry Bertoia Wire Diamond Chairs

Item number: 330340841112

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Eames rocker / rocking chair- Early rope edged edition

Item number: 140329829881

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2 Tom Dixon Octo Floor Lamps

Item number: 260435003490

*Guest Post* Two 21st Century Designers You Should Know by AllModern.com

When one thinks of modern design, names like George Nelson, Alexander Girard, and the Eames’ likely come to mind. This is completely fair, as these individuals helped define the Mid-Century Modern movement, their visions thereby enhancing the reputations of modern furniture manufacturers like Knoll and Herman Miller. While the past very much influences the present, it’s important to stop and admire the modern designers of today, who will likely one day achieve the same iconic status that those late, great designers of yesteryear have now achieved.

While the design world is continually rocked by up-and-coming talent, two men whose names you should familiarize yourself with right now are Philippe Starck and Marcel Wanders. These men have designed pieces for reputable brands including Kartell, Magis, Moooi, Droog, and Alessi, just to mention a few. In a world filled with uniformity and conformity, each one of these designers is a breath of fresh air.

lg1Philippe Starck: The Paris-born designer started his career at age 19, where after graduating from École Nissim de Camondo in Paris – he started his first design firm. A year later, Starck became art director of his firm, joining forces with French Fashion designer Pierre Cardin. His career really took off in the early 80s when he designed the interior of French President François Mitterrand’s private apartments.

Starck has worked both as an interior designer and a product designer, creating products for brands like Microsoft, Alessi, Fossil, and Target. The designer is often sought after by hotel owners and has designed the interiors of hotels in New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, London, Paris and Hong Kong.

Starck’s Louis Ghost Chair for Kartell is one of his best-known pieces. Made from transparent polycarbonate, the chair’s form is inspired by the baroque era, but the clear plastic material is completely modern. Other well known pieces include his Bubble Club Sofa, and Eros Chair (both for Kartell) and the Juicy Salif Citrus-Squeezer (for Alessi). Starck even designed a line of strollers for Maclaren.

Knotted-Chair-by-WandersMarcel Wanders: Born in the Netherlands, Marcel Wanders is not as well known as Starck, but he certainly has his own following in the design community. Wanders first garnered acclaim for his 1996 Knotted Chair, which was produced for Droog. In addition to furniture design, Wanders is accomplished in both interior design and architectural design.

Not only does Wanders contribute his artistic vision to modern European contemporary manufacturers like B&B Italia, Magis, Moroso, Flos and Cappellini, but he also is art director and co-owner of Moooi. His pieces are featured in design collections and exhibitions all over the world, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the V&A Museum in London to name a couple. His works have been featured in prominent design publications like Blueprint, Wallpaper, Nylon, Elle Decor and The New York Times.

Among his list of accolades: being selected as one of Europe’s 25 leaders of change by Business Week, 2005/2006 Designer of the Year by Elle Decor and one of Identity’s “World’s 50 Design Icons.”

Whether you like the designs of Philippe Starck and Marcel Wanders or not, there’s no denying their talent. These men are icons in the making. If you don’t know them now, you had best start familiarizing yourself.

Many thanks to Jamie at www.allmodern.com

Ebay Picks of the Day – 26th June 2009

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PAIR OF SIESTA CHAIRS, WESTNOFA, MODERN SCANDINAVIAN DESIGN

Item number: 270415359486

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RETRO OFFICE DESK CHAIR

Item number: 110407188408

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Retro Mushroom Lamp Floor Light

Item number: 140329464269